22.1.13

150 dollar family room makeover

I decided our family room rug needed an update about 10 months ago which pushed over the first domino.

Remember {this}

After I figured out the rug dilemma, I decided the room needed a few more changes.  I wanted to work in some grays and I wanted to make the room feel lighter, brighter, and bigger.

Unfortunately I did not have the same budget I had the first go around so it was time to do what I do best.  Feed the kids Ramen Noodles for 2 months and stash the extra grocery money.

It did cross my mind.

BEFORE


Old rug- Sold on CL for $300.00.
New rug-  Remember the 10x13 from IKEA I made out of two Tarnby rugs for $300.00 {here}?

I layered the jute with an authentic cow hide, a gift from my friend {Blake} after helping him and Angela with their nuptials.

My boys are still in mourning over the old rug.  I know what it's like to have no closure but I still think I did the right thing.


We've had the rug for almost a year and it still looks amazing!  I've had to glue down a few loose ends and it still sheds a little, but it's the nature of the fiber and I'd purchase it again in a nano second.

This make over also included a chair up date.  I used the reverse side of a linen like, zebra print I found on clearance for $4.00/yd (SAS) and had it re-upholstered for $90.00

Tufted chair BEFORE


I found these pieces of tin at a flea market about 8 years ago and had them welded together to fit a mirror.  I finally decided I needed something a little less busy and distressed so I sold it to my good friend Cara for $75


and replaced it with the Songe mirror from IKEA for $99.00.  It's beveled with a 4 inch, matte, silver frame and I love the arched top.

BEFORE


I sold our existing chandelier for $50 and bought a new one at {Stardust} in Tempe for $65.  If you're a local girl, this place is hit and miss but it's a must if you don't mind gettin' dirty for a good deal.


I also updated all the window treatments.  I sold our old ones for more than I bought fabric and rods for the new ones.  The no-sew shades were painstakingly made on my kitchen island.  When you have to make the same window treatment times six, it becomes a totally worth it, chore.  I found the fabric at SAS (Tempe AZ) for three dollars a yard and taped two and a quarter inch, pewter, ribbon on the outside edges. 

My dear friend Cindy Bluth (who happens to own a work room) helped me sew the new vertical striped, off white woven, panels.  I lined them in solid gray polyester, also purchased at SAS for three dollars a yard. 

Howard, down at our local welding shop, made the custom rods and rings. We hung them just below the crown molding to give the illusion that the windows appear much taller than they really are.  


So here's the reveal after I changed 5 things in our family room.

AFTER




Total cost of makeover- $150.00

rug- traded straight across
window treatments including rods - traded straight across (actually made a few bucks)
reupholstered chair- $110.00
new mirror- $25.00
new chandelier- $15.00

Are you in the process of a room makeover?  Don't forget to look at my six design tips to optimize  success {here}.

And here's the 7th tip.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE neutrals but sometimes when creams, tans, and grays take over, your room can become predictable and a bit boring.  If you want to add depth and character, your bff is TEXTURE.  To create lots of interest in my family room I used several different materials including velvet, wood, chrome, marble, burlap, knit, glass, and jute.  These elements all work together to create an original and comfortable space for my family and our friends.

20 comments:

  1. usually I like the makeovers I have seen on better after...

    but in this case I like the before better... and I understand your kids... your old rug looked so cozy...

    warmest regards from Germany

    Andrea

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  2. Mia, your room is lovely - warm and inviting, yet calm and soothing. I remember when you bought the STAY letters the day we went shopping! Thanks for all the good tips, and for being so inspiring. Now, if I just had a friend with a workroom. I've been crawling around on the living room floor in order to pin the material for the new bedroom curtains I'm making.

    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary! Thanks for making my day! I LOVE those letters in my kitchen, they remind me of a great shopping day with you. I blame my bad knees on all the sewing I've done on my living room floor. Can't you just have Jim build you a 20 ft work table? Haha!

      Miss you,
      Mia

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  3. I am in love with that mirror by your cabinets! Dibs if you sell it!

    We also still need to get together. The holidays are over so real life can resume! I love your room now, it does look waaaay brighter.

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  4. It looks stunning, I'm in the process of a whole house makeover, your gorgeous room gives me hope that there is light at the end of this loooong dark tunnel LOL.

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  5. Mia, would you please provide a tutorial for the no-sew shades? They are perfect for so many windows, and I have the kitchen counter all ready! Thanks.

    Mary

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  6. Where did you get your chair re-upholstered? That's a great price! I'm local and would love to know.
    Thanks!

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    1. HI ladies, had my chair re upholstered by Carlo's Upholstery in Phoenix. He gives me a deal because I send him work, but if you twist his arm, he might give you one too!

      Make sure you're very specific with what you want done. Write it down for him and lock your doors while you're driving around that part of town! Just sayin'.

      Good Luck!
      Mia

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  7. I have the same question. I have scored some great chairs on CL & really need a reasonable upholsterer. I live in Scottsdale & would love if u would share ur source.

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  8. Amazing! I love both the before AND the after. PS: I would love your curtain tutorial too! I've got a window situation that I have no idea what to do with. Maybe THAT'S what I should have sent you! ;)

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  9. I love it!!!! I was bummed you sold your rusted tin mirror but then totally get what you mean by needing a cleaner look! Love love love!

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  10. I love it!!!! I was bummed you sold your rusted tin mirror but then totally get what you mean by needing a cleaner look! Love love love!

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  11. I absolutely love the new look! And talk about bang for your buck...good work! I might have missed it, but where's that fab leather sofa from? I'm swooning over it, big time.

    oxox
    Jennifer

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    1. Hey Jennifer! I get excited every time I see that green apple! I got the sofa from a local furniture company called The Potato Barn. They have one of a kind pieces imported from all over the world. I've had it for almost 7 years and I still love it like the first time I saw it. The cushions are a super comfy down blend and the antique casters sealed the deal. I paid a little (ok a lot) more that I usually pay for furniture, but i don't regret it:)

      Love, Love, Love,
      Mia

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  12. Love the makeover! And knowing how darn hot it is in Arizona for the summer, the new look will help keep you cool. You inspire me to try some changes in my home too! Many thanks for sharing. Ileen :)

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  13. Hey girls:

    Really enjoy your blog. So much good on here.

    Just wanted you to know that I made your apple pie and the whole family loved it. Really, really delicious. Will put it in the rotation!

    Thanks!
    Peace,
    Edie

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  14. Oh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous room, you've done a wonderful job with that space! I've got this linked to my family rooms post as well, for inspiration!

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